What Not To Do: Do not chop up your chassis

Volkswagen got away with having very small engines for their old models by having very light vehicles. The Beetle, in fact, has no traditional body frame at all – the sheet metal top is welded onto a floor pan. VW Bus engine support with notches cut in it Close-up of VW Bus engine support with notches cut in it
That doesn’t keep people from chopping up some pretty important parts of their cars, however. For our first example, the owner of a VW had experienced some trouble getting his engine to line up with his transmission. This person should have brought it to us to fix – it was a broken bolt, and wouldn’t have been a big deal to fix. Instead, he lowered his engine to line up with the transmission by cutting notches into the engine mount bar.
We’re a bit amazed that someone with the specialized tools necessary to cut notches into hardened steel would do such a thing, but you can see it for yourself.
Later on, this person was surprised to find that his engine had fallen unceremoniously onto the ground, and had pulled most of the transmission with it.
The repair was much more expensive than installing a new bolt.

A hole cut into the deck of a VW bus

Though this is a less severe example, this is the rear deck of a VW Bus. It’s the area just above the engine, and is taken from the inside of the vehicle. On one hand, we understand that it would be nice to access the engine from another angle than the back. But chopping a hole into your interior? Isn’t it hot enough in Arizona without having noxious fumes pumped into your cab? If they had wanted to die of carbon monoxide poisoning, sure they’d have been better off not doing it while driving…

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